On May 18, legislation to allow the licensing of naturopaths (AB 4825) was referred to the New York Assembly’s Committee on Higher Education. If you’re in New York, will you help us stop this bill?
Most naturopathic practices are not supported by science or medicine—period. Unlike the medical standards set for practicing physicians, naturopathic licensing and treatment standards have not been made available to the public or to the regulatory bodies that protect patient health or pharmacological safety and efficacy.
Among its harmful provisions, AB 4825 would establish a State Board for Naturopathic Medicine that would allow naturopaths to write their own rules. Of the board’s members, there would be six naturopaths, only two physicians, and two members of the public “who are consumers of naturopathic medicine.” It is not unreasonable to expect that these board members would be overwhelmingly sympathetic to the pseudoscience that pervades naturopathic theory and practice.
We need you to contact your state representatives today and tell them to reject this harmful legislation! For the sake of patient health and safety, we can’t let AB 4825 become law in New York.
Director of Government Affairs
Center for Inquiry
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